Head Nod

by Kevin T. McEneaney

That crazy pumpkin with zig-zag-zam grin—

nothing like it for a five-year old tyke,

especially when a candle glimmers

with magnificent rotundity,

eyes winking and flittering in the dark

like enlightening forking flames of fire

from archaic tribal circles huddled

around communal warmth of floating sparks

drifting upward to darkness, stary sky.


Oh, to be a child with a pumpkin head!

Is there a pumpkin in your head or heart?

If not, maybe there’s time to acquire one

and place it in your window or on porch

where it will make the neighborhood happy…